Wednesday 11 Jul 2018
Network Rail volunteers support exhibition for blind and partially-sighted
- London North Western
Network Rail volunteers were at Solihull station today helping delegates travelling by train to the UK’s leading exhibition for blind and partially-sighted people.
The event is being run in Solihull over two days (10 and 11 July) by Queen Alexandra College, a national college for people with disabilities.
Clare Melody, Network Rail community relations executive, a volunteer customer assistant, said: “We’re really pleased to be able to assist blind and partially-sighted people getting to and from the Sight Village exhibition. It’s a great honour to support such a brilliant event.”
Lottie Reid, events officer from Queen Alexandra College, said: “We cannot thank the Network Rail volunteers enough for their support and assisting visitors to get to and from Sight Village.
"We have received really positive comments from visitors about how welcoming and attentive the volunteers have been and we hope we can continue to build on this relationship going forward."
Network Rail employees are entitled to five days' volunteer leave every year to help UK registered charities or community projects.
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